Thursday, November 14, 2013

Author Guest Post - Nancy LaPonzina

 Please welcome author Nancy LaPonzia to the blog!


Tell me your Dreams …

Ask writers about their dreams and you’ll be enlightened at how often that world pollinates a manuscript. For me, a dream of two words, NARDI POINT crystalized my story. The words appeared against a white background. Maybe it was a page, but I couldn’t identify that at the time. Googling it brought no answer.

I’ve always been one to pay attention to dreams and right-brain messages, but was still without insight to the entry. If it couldn’t be found on Google, then what was it? I tried an anagramming strategy, rearranging the letters any way possible and the results stopped me dead. The letters formed INDIAN PORT, exactly what my story would involve artifacts from nearly 10,000 years ago from the Native American Woodland Period.

How did Nardi Point correspond to Indian port?  Why certainly it sounded like a housing subdivision, surely that was it. Nardi Point would be a new subdivision where artifacts were discovered on a home building site during construction. The surge was growing. A subdivision would be where a young couple might go to find a new home, perhaps their first home. Home construction is notoriously pressure-producing particularly, on a young couple. How would it affect their relationship? Their lives? Would the past, bury their future? The encouragement from my dream fueled the story. 

Be certain to take the time to pay attention to your dreams. You’ll never know what magical happenings you might share when you do!


Thanks for stopping by!

About A Path Through the Garden:
Alternative healer Leyla-Jo Jared helps others grow their families, yet struggles with her own infertility. Archaeologist scientist husband, Hal Jared dearly wants to share the context and provenience of a multi-racial baby and feels guilty he has let her down. Hoping for a solution for their craving to become a family, Leyla Jo turns to her folkways heritage and explores natural plant botanicals. 

When the archaeological exhibit the couple curates is compromised by international scientists from Rome, and the Director of the local Art Museum, the
couple’s role in the professional, scientific community is severely challenged. After Hal falls ill, Leyla Jo’s desire leads to a conflicted crossroad … must she choose her husband’s health over their yearning for a child? 

Now Leyla Jo must explore her path through the garden and travel her biggest journey.

About Nardi Point:

Should the past make way for the present …

Stylish, brunette Laurinda Elliot is the type of accomplished business woman glossy magazines feature on their covers. Effectively managing a software product development team in Raleigh, North Carolina, Laurinda’s drive and savvy delivers all the perks: an upscale townhouse, Porsche Boxter convertible and designer clothing. Yet she now yearns for a different success—one that brings surprising first time experience with vulnerability. Her uber software code developer partner Dan Riser, can’t buy into the new direction she leads them, but goes along to keep the peace, and more importantly, beautiful Laurinda. 

Or the present make way for the past—and love … 

When prehistoric Native American pottery artifacts are discovered on the couple’s North Raleigh building site in the Nardi Point subdivision, the ancient past collides with the present and Laurinda and Dan’s relationship hangs in the balance. Laurinda must trump construction economics and greed to preserve commitment to her dream, uphold her friendship with holistic healing practitioner, Leyla Jo Piper, and answer to a new romance, all while attempting to conserve North Carolina history. Will digging up the past, bury her future? Nardi Point explores the thread of life that blends past, current, and future to recognize the importance of knowing who we are in the story of life.

About the Author: 

Award winning author Nancy LaPonzina writes in the North Carolina piedmont, under Carolina blue skies. Writing has been her passion always. Her second-grade story, The Missing Desk Mystery, featured classmates in a classroom mystery with Nancy Drew overtones. Today, LaPonzina’s women’s fiction explores thoughtful characters involved in challenging situations, and braids in touches of archaeology, the metaphysical, and alternative healing modalities. Her contemporary storylines deal with women making their way in the worlds of business and family, and discovering what is of true importance. 

Her professional career includes technical writing, providing website content, and Registered Nurse clinical experience. LaPonzina has been published in ARTnews, Ingénue, American Girl, True Astrology Forecast, Psychic Astrology Horoscope national magazines, and

She is a member of Romance Writers of America; Heart of Carolina Romance Writers; Triangle Area Freelancers; American Holistic Nurses Association; and the Coe Foundation for Archaeologic Research. She lives in Youngsville, with dear husband Thom, and their rescue Maine Coon cat, Copy.

Her debut novel, Nardi Point, regionally set in Raleigh, North Carolina was awarded the Chanticleer Book Review & Media 2012 Blue Ribbon First Place Published Novel award in the Contemporary Women’s Fiction genre. 


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